Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Remembering the Amazing

I went online to check my Facebook page a little over a week ago, and one of my notifications was that I had some 'memories' with some friends.  So, naturally I clicked the link to see what those were. 
Apparently, 6 years ago on that day we shared with our friends at work that my husband and I were expecting a baby.  It was such a fun day!  My friends made me go office by office sharing the news, and everyone we shared it with had to come with us to the next stop.
You may think it a bit crazy that this made such a disruption in the work day, but you see,
this baby is our miracle. 
A few months before, and a few years before, this wasn't such a happy subject for me.  It was one where I had hope, but it was still the substance of a promise hoped for without any evidence to yet hold onto.  My husband and I hadn't been able to conceive a child.  We tried everything, even fertility doctors. 
In November / December of 2009 we had gone through the IVF process, and a couple of weeks into December I received a call that the process hadn't been a success.  I was not pregnant.  Needless to say, I was heartbroken.  I remember vividly having to go the very next day on a day long trip to IKEA with a team from work because we were redesigning the foyer at our church and were going down to purchase the items.  It was so difficult to simply act normal and not cry the entire day. 
I had many discussions with God over the next few weeks.  He had given me a promise.  I had a desire in my heart that I truly believe was from Him. There were specific words I held onto with that:
Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart's desires.  - Psalm 37:4
The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and He adds no sorrow with it. - Proverbs 10:22
December went by and the New Year came.  Toward the end of January there were signs that maybe I should take a pregnancy test.  I approached that with very mixed emotions.  I can't tell you the number of negative tests I had dealt with at that point.  When I took the test my husband was just in the other room and asked me how long it would take to know.  In amazement, I said I guess right away!  It was positive!!! 

We were cautiously overjoyed!  We wanted to tell the world, but wanted to make sure we were right before we did.  So finally toward the end of February 2010, 6 years ago, things were confirmed.  I was indeed pregnant.  It was no less than a miracle of God.  It was an amazing pregnancy and God's faithfulness was evident throughout all of it.  Even our daughter's birth was amazing!

I will sing of the Lord's unfailing love forever!  Young and old will hear of YOUR faithfulness.
-Psalm 89:1
The Lord is so faithful.  He is so good.  Don't ever doubt it, He is a good, good Father.  In Matthew 7:11 it says, "So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him."
Whatever you are believing for or standing for today, know that your Heavenly Father loves you and is working on your behalf.  I can tell you of the amazing things He has done for me, and our God is no respecter of people. (Acts 10:34)
Today is March 1, 2016.  Exactly 6 years ago today I heard Haley Elizabeth's heartbeat for the very first time!  Little did we know how much life that heartbeat would bring into this world!!  God is amazing, and He gives us amazing gifts!  You can trust Him with your heart and with your deepest desires.  He is faithful even when it seems in the natural that all hope is gone.  He is faithful! 
Below are a few pictures of our beautiful daughter, and a video of a our story.



Spring M Fricks said...

I still remember when you broke the news to me In the car outside of Panera. Tears of joy spilled that day and a heartfelt sense of God's Word to fulfill His promises.

Nicole Norris said...

I will never forget the "pregnancy train" day!!! It was one of the most beautiful moments of triumph - and we all got to share in it. I always think of Haley and equate her story (and yours and Fred's) with God's faithfulness. Thanks for sharing this with us, Jenn!!! Love you! (Also... I mean, how amazing is that pic with the blue piano?!?!? Ok I might be a little biased...)